This is actually from a public park and not all that hidden, but yet whenever I come here I am the only person around. Maybe it’s hidden by not trying to hide. At any rate, it’s a beautiful area, especially in autumn when the leaves change. The lantern helps set the mood. You can’t tell from the shot, but it is huge.
I focused on the leaves when I took the shot, leaving the lantern and surrounding area a little out of focus. I did this to give the area kind of a dreamy feel, while keeping the foreground as reality by maintaining the focus there. I have this image in my head of peeking through a clearing in the woods and seeing this magical area… but it is not entirely clear and you can’t be completely sure you aren’t dreaming. It’s a similar effect to what I was trying here, but a bit more subtle this time.